A boil is a skin lesion caused by an infection in a hair follicle. The infection makes the skin in the area swell with pus into a painful lump. While most boils will heal within a week, it’s still important to treat the area to speed healing and to prevent complications. Several strategies and natural remedies can help.

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Improve your diet. Eat orange and dark green vegetables for their carotenoids, which help repair the skin. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily and consume healthy proteins like beans, fish and eggs.

Prevent further problems. Avoid stimulants like caffeine, and saturated fats, both of which can make inflamed skin worse. Avoid excess sugar and highly processed foods to help your immune system function better.

Increase your vitamin C intake to 1,000 milligrams daily to support your immune system. Supplements of vitamin E and vitamin A are also good for your skin and boost your natural immunities.

Take a zinc supplement of 60 milligrams a day. Zinc helps skin to heal.

Apply oregano oil directly to the boils twice each day. It kills bacteria and helps to soothe the inflamed skin.

Take a combined supplement of echinacea and goldenseal to boost your immunity.

Spread tea tree oil cream over the boil to draw out the pus and attack the bacteria that are causing the inflammation.